Last night I had the chance to listen to Tracey tell us (a group of beauty editors and bloggers) what color trends she sees for Summer and Fall 2008. Her three, beautiful models were brunette, blonde, and red haired.
What’s Up For Summer? For Summer Tracey suggests a “beachy” look that is not too light, but a bit lighter on the ends. “In the Spring,” says Tracey, “Everyone wants to go lighter.” “The very front of your hair is what people see and it frames your face so you can go lighter there” says added.
What’s Up for Fall? For Fall, lowlights help you make an easy transition. “People are doing less drastic changes and sticking to their own color” she said. But Tracey told us she punched up the color on all her models, using Shades EQ (an in-salon conditioning-glossing-coloring treatment featuring long-lasting no-ammonia demi-permanent haircolor in intensities beginning with just a clear gloss). For example, on her blonde model, she added lowlights that were a bit darker at the roots and woven through the sides and back. The look was natural, and although the model was blonde, it wasn’t overdone.
What do we really want? “Rich, Glossy, Health Hair” says Tracey. Her three models all had shiny hair, but it looked real, not lacquered or “striped” with faux highlights. Her Brunette model’s hair had shine and dimension, with softer pieces around her face that looked as if she might have been born with them. The redheaded model, according to Tracey, was a strawberry blonde that she deepened into a more auburn shade “like Julie Roberts.”
How To Work With With a Colorist to the Stars (or any colorist). “My ideal client is someone who likes herself and has confidence” says Tracey. She also said it helps to bring visuals. So don’t just say I want Julianne Moore’s color, bring a photo or two two show her exactly what you mean. And it helps to be realistic. You may bring a photo of Angelina to your stylist, but you are not going to look like her no matter what you do, and the look might not be flattering to you or good for your hair type and skin tone. *this just happened to a good friend of mine, who showed me a photo of a model with long, piecey bangs and a layered shaggy look, but she wears glasses and the long bangs were impossible to wear with her specs. By the time the stylist made those bangs short enough, the “edgy” look she wanted had vanished with a lot of her hair!
Tracey also said she likes clients who are consistent in what they want. Oh, and contrary to what I have been taught (about making sure your hair is clean — or at least fairly clean–before going to the colorist) it’s best to condition before you go to the colorist and leave your hair dirty so your scalp and hair don’t get more irritated.
Can Color Banish Frizz? Alas, there appears to be no foolproof way to keep frizz under control for long periods of time. The Brazillian hair straightening technique isn’t at all safe (two thumbs down) and the Japanese straightening technique leaves your crown looking strange as it grows out curly again (not to mention if your hair isn’t perfectly cut, it just looks ragged). There are products that help, for a while (I like Glass by Redken and the Redken Smooth Down line) but as Tracey told me (while pointing out the frizz at my temples that I thought I’d tamed before leaving home) that the best way to handle frizz and smooth hair is to learn how to use styling tools correctly (thankfully, she didn’t say no to flat irons) and then have the skill, patience, and stamina to use them.
And What About Color Challenges? Tracey says it’s obviously easier to know what you want so the color doesn’t have to be removed. But it can be done–in steps. Better to listen to your stylist and colorist and modify your desire to go from platinum to ebony, or vice-versa, unless you know you’ll really love it and want to keep that look for a long time. But if you do end up doing a disservice to your hair, you can treat it with Redken’s in-salon-only “Chemistry System Hair Recovery Treatment” service. Colorists use the Chemistry System to prepare hair for color and then repair it apres color. The three-step program targets the needs of each individual’s hair, and can be customized for shine, deep conditioning, scalp treatment, strength, color, and softening. I hear there is even one to help keep hair smooth and somewhat straight and non-frizzy (on a temporary basis, anyway). *if you want to find a salon in your area that To features the Chemistry System, visit redken.com or call 1-800-REDKEN8.
Check this out! visit http://redkencolor.com/ and check out video clips from Tracey and other color experts. You can see the latest trends, find a salon, learn how to best prepare for your next salon visit, and learn about great Redken products *the Advice Sisters regularly review new products for consumers on our What Works Beauty, Cosmetics & Fashion review column http://www.advicesisters.net/whatworkscol3.html